Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Braque Du Puy

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Animal Care, Braque Du Puy, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on Picking a Pet Identification Tag for Your Braque Du Puy

How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Braque Du PuyChoosing a pet identification tag for your Braque Du Puy is like buying an insurance policy – you do so with the devout wish that you won’t use it. The “possible price” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “actual cost” of purchasing the pet tag itself.

The type of pet ID tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically picking a collar tag because it’s cheap or pretty often ends up being a regret, in the long term.

Think about the following prior to buying any pet identification tag for your Braque Du Puy:
1.What is the level of risk to your Braque Du Puy?
Lost Braque Du Puys are definitely common – we’ve all noticed “Lost Braque Du Puy!” signs posted around the city, or dead dogs lying on the edge of the road. If your Braque Du Puy is a pro at escaping your fence, or cannot resist tracking a scent, or youthful and full of energy, or isn’t properly trained, the chance of a missing Braque Du Puy is high.

But losing your Braque Du Puy isn’t the only danger.

Sometimes Braque Du Puys are stolen. A pet thief may take Spot or Rover hoping to get a reward for its return, or to use in pit battles (even small or gentle dogs are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in religious rituals.

And what is the risk to your Braque Du Puy if something happens to you, its owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Braque Du Puy, particularly if you live by yourself or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy that leaves you incapable of caring for your Braque Du Puy.

In this instance, will your Braque Du Puy’s temporary or new caretaker know that Spot hates cats, or requires medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet identification that contains more than your name and phone number would be very helpful.

2.What level of risk are you ok with?
Some Braque Du Puys are just more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, higher priced kind of pet ID tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Braque Du Puy. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Braque Du Puy) or occupational (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Braque Du Puy owners, the companionship attachment they have to their Braque Du Puy determines its value. For many, Braque Du Puys are members of the family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your answers to the two previous questions, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet ID tags come in varying sizes, shapes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, as well. Usually pet ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.

At a minimum, a pet ID tag should contain the phone number, name and address of the Braque Du Puy’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These customary kinds of tags can bought from any vet or pet store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of info they hold is limited to the size of the tag.

Luckily, you have many more options of pet ID tags for your Braque Du Puy these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the most recent entrants in the pet ID market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your Braque Du Puy’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including comprehensive medical and diet information). The small USB drive is encased in a sturdy polymer case and can be used in any computer, where it is automatically updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or pet sitter. There also exist bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

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